Flickering Lights in Your Home

Flickering lights in your home could be a sign of an electrical issue. Light bulbs are the crucial feature that determines whether we have lights in our home or office, or darkness with only the natural lighting to illuminate the dark. It is important to know that all light bulbs have a level of natural resistance and some amount of voltage is used against the wire’s resistance. Point being, not all light bulbs are infallible.

While flickering itself is not necessarily a cause for alarm, it is best to check to make sure it is not part of a larger issue. Below are a number of common reasons why lights will flicker.

Bulbs and Flickering Lights Potential

Certain types of lighting technology are naturally more prone to flickering than others. For example, flickering sometimes occurs in fluorescent lights within the first minute or so of turning them on as the phosphors reach peak illumination, or when the bulbs are connected to a failing ballast. It is also possible for LED lights to flicker when improperly connected to a driver or with certain dimming systems. Neither indicates a serious electrical issue, but you may want to replace your lights if the flickering gets too annoying.

Loose Bulb

In the most basic sense, the bulb was most likely not screwed in properly. Chances are, it was not screwed in tight enough to the socket. Before adjusting the bulb and tightening it, make sure to turn off the light. Afterward, put on a heavy-duty glove before grasping and tightening the bulb. If the bulb was recently used for an extensive period of time, it will most likely be hot. Tighten the bulb as necessary.

If the bulb continues to flicker after you have turned the bulb on and off again, the problem may be something else. In that case, calling an electrician or professional technician is advised.

Malfunctioning Switch

Another fairly simple issue might be that the bulb is not properly connected to the bulb. To test this, turn your light switch on and off or leaving the light off for a while and turning it back on. If the light works after doing this, the problem has been solved. If this issue persists, replacing the switch would be mandatory.

Fluctuation Issues

If you are running another high wattage device while using the lights, this may be the reason as to why the system is flickering. If that is the case, the voltage in your home is fluctuating too much. This could be a potentially serious issue. If the voltage is not properly set in your home, there could be a myriad of other electrical issues.

There are other signs of voltage issues in your home. These include the following signs. Lights that dim unexpectedly and/or burn out are most likely the cause of the issue.

Loose Electrical Wiring

Loose wiring is the most serious reason for flickering lights and a main cause of house fires. Shut off the light at the circuit breaker before removing the fixture to double check the wiring. If the fixture looks like it might be loose or insecure, it’s time to call an electrician. And even after this, if you still haven’t found a reason for your flickering lights, call an electrician to evaluate your home’s electrical wiring to be on the safe side.

Call Raynor Electric LLC to schedule an electrical inspection today!


 

 

 

 

Seven New Smart Home Additions You Can Make to Your Home This Fall

Home additions are what can make a house become a home, but what about a smart home addition? Since smart home devices have grown in popularity, it does beg to question how much homeowners can benefit from a few smart home additions. The idea that homeowners can experience the same control and convenience inside their homes as they do on their smartphones is not only convenient, but energy-efficient, safer, and cost-effective.

How the Following Smart Home Devices Can Help You

It’s hard enough keeping track of your appliances and cutting costs where possible, that’s why smart home devices can help you monitor your utility use. Lower monthly expenses aren’t just the only perk homeowners can expect out of a few smart home additions. A home with smart home devices included is more likely to attract buyers’ eyes than a home without. Best of all, a few upgraded devices can make your lifestyle much easier. The question goes, however, which smart home device can help you best?

  • Nest Learning Thermostat. When it comes to cutting utility costs, a Nest Learning Thermostat is a handy gadget to add. With built-in Wi-Fi, you can monitor and control the temperature inside your home from your phone, tablet, or PC.
  • Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. For homeowners with a lot of lawn space, managing a sprinkler system can be a lot of work. The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller lets you have control over eight or 16 zones. Water won’t be wasted with this sprinkler system, as it won’t water your lawn when it’s raining, and it’s controlled directly from your phone.
  • ADT Pulse. Home security is a major priority for any homeowner. It doesn’t hurt to have an upgraded security system, and an ADT Pulse is a good choice. The ADT Pulse is a full-featured home security system, including 24/7 monitoring and customer support. If you plan to pair any smart home additions, the ADT Pulse serves as a platform for other smart home devices.
  • Sonos Play:1. Entertainment is another much-needed feature, and for music enthusiasts, adding a Sonos Play:1 can help enhance the musical experience. Small in size, this Wi-Fi sound system can stream music from all the popular music streaming sites. For homeowners interested in a wireless home audio system, a Sonos Play:1 is a good smart home device to add.
  • Belkin WeMo Switch. It’s easy to forget about an appliance that’s plugged in, and unfortunately, that means wasting money, or worse, a safety hazard. Adding a few Belkin WeMo Switches can easily solve that problem. By plugging one into an outlet, you then plug your appliance into the WeMo switch. What’s great about this device is the capability of turning any appliance plugged that’s into it, on or off, using the app. The Belkin WeMo Switch is a great smart home addition to have in case you’re out of the house and suddenly realize something needs to be turned off.
  • August Smart Lock. Home security is no laughing matter, and any extra device for security can help. For homeowners looking for a neat device for front door security, the August Smart Lock works remotely, as it enables you to remote control your door locks. It’s easy to install and fits nicely over most doors’ deadlocks. Keys are the most complicated of security devices, and for homeowners who are constantly juggling things in their arms, having a door open remotely for you is a nice touch.
  • CURB Home Energy Monitoring System. For the ultimate method of home monitoring, installing a full home energy monitoring system can help you cut costs tremendously. A CURB Home Energy Monitoring System works by being plugged directly into your home’s electrical panel and gives real-time data on energy consumption and production. The app that comes with it includes personalized and timely notifications for your phone and tablet. It also includes tips on how to save money and sends out an alert when you’ve gone over your budget.

It’s Time to Enhance Your Home Additions

For homeowners looking to upgrade their homes, the perks of adding a few smart home devices are unquestionable. Installing any type of smart home device not only increases your home value, but it can make everyday tasks more convenient while saving money. If it’s time to upgrade your home, some professional help can go a long way. Hiring a contractor to inspect your home and discuss what upgrades you want, can help ensure you get the smart home devices that best serve your home.

Call Raynor Services today for information on smart home additions!

Types of Switches and How They Affect Your Energy Bills

Types of Switches and How They Affect Your Energy Bills

It can be a struggle to cut down on your energy bills, especially when your home is packed with electrical appliances. Unplugging an unused light or appliance can help, maybe you’ve even tried cutting down on the air conditioner, or hang dried your laundry. The point is that it’s tough cutting corners, and sometimes you need to invest in something energy efficient. What probably won’t come to mind for most homeowners are light switches.

Light Switches to Avoid

The technology for light switches has changed to meet the growing demands of an energy-efficient home. To save on your energy bills, it’s important to know what light switches suck the most energy. The age of your house is an important factor when considering energy efficient light switches, as that might require having an electrician rewire your home. If you’re ready to upgrade your home, here’s what to avoid when considering switches.

  • Single Pole Light Switches. The most common of light switches is a single pole light switch, which turns on and off manually and works for one fixture. Energy is wasted when someone forgets to turn off the light switch. Depending on how long you leave a room or entire house unintended, leaving a few lights on for an extended period of time can cost up to $35 on your energy bill.
  • Three-Way and Four-Way Switches. Three-way and four-way switches are even more notorious for wasting energy because of their multiple switches that can light multiple lights within the same room. A hallway, for example, which can have one switch at one end and another switch at the other end, is likely to waste a little more energy when trying to turn on or off the lights. It’s much easier to leave a light on in an unattended room when there are multiple switches.

Light Switches to Install

Luckily there are several options for energy-efficient light switches. The age of your home isn’t the only factor to consider when switching to better light switches. Your budget and lighting preferences are just as important to consider, as some of the more energy-efficient light switches can have a higher upfront cost. Over time, however, upgrading your light switches can help to significantly cut down on your energy bills. Here are a few different light switches that can benefit you.

  • Dimmer Switches. For the homeowner interested in adding a little ambiance to their home, a dimmer switch can add some pizzazz. A dimmer switch is an inexpensive approach to energy-efficient lighting and works by adjusting the amount of light emitted from the light fixture. The more the lights are used at a reduced level, the more money you save on your energy bill. You can save even more money by combining energy efficient light bulbs with the dimmer switch.
  • Proximity Switches. A proximity switch uses a motion sensor to automatically turn on the lights in the room when the sensor detects movement. When somebody leaves the room, the switch will automatically turn off the lights momentarily after the sensor stops sensing movement. One perk about a proximity switch is you don’t have to worry if you forget to manually turn off the lights after leaving a room. Depending on how often the lights are left on, proximity switches can reduce a home’s energy consumption by 35-45%.
  • Photoelectric Switches. Similar to a proximity switch, a photoelectric switch uses a sensor. Instead of sensing motion, it senses the amount of light that’s in a room and turns on when the room is dim. When a room is full of daylight, the switch will turn off the lights. A photoelectric switch is particularly handy for outdoor lighting, as the sun exposure prevents energy from being wasted.
  • Occupancy Sensor Switches. An occupancy sensor switch can detect indoor activity within a certain area of the room, which can be handy when you’re walking past a room and don’t want the lights to automatically switch on. Occupancy sensors must be placed in places where it can sense activity throughout the room, such as by the sink in a kitchen, or next to the toilet. There are two types of sensors, ultrasonic and infrared. An ultrasonic occupancy sensor detects sound whereas an infrared occupancy sensor will detect heat and motion.

It’s Time to Save Some Money in Style

The lighting in your home is an important feature that can save you money and add some nice ambiance. If it’s time to update your lighting, it’s best to call an electrician. They have the right tools to safely and properly install your new light switches. Don’t wait for another utility bill, switch to something energy efficient today.

Call Raynor Electric today for information on switches and how they affect your energy bills!

Circuits and Fuses: Understanding Your Breaker Panel

Electricity is a powerful thing and can be dangerous when not properly directed throughout your home or office. The power to your building is directed to the outlets and appliances of your homes through a distribution box – commonly referred to as a breaker or fuse box. This box takes the electricity and distributes it throughout your home. It also acts as a critical safety mechanism that will interrupt the flow of electricity if too much current overloads the system or outlet. The electrical service panel is an important device that has many different elements – read on to understand more about how your fuse box is serving you!

Why Call Raynor?

Raynor has been handling breakers and fuses for over 20 years. We pride ourselves on delivering expert repairs and installation with professional service. We understand the value of customer service while we help get your lights and power back on quickly. We have been serving Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties with electrical services for many years and can help you identify, repair, or offer replacement with any issue you are experiencing. At Raynor, we pride ourselves on educating our customers on exactly what is necessary for the job and why. Fuse boxes are one of the most critical pieces of your home to ensure your safety and comfort. Read on to learn more about how you can better understand your distribution box.

Form & Function

Electricity has three major components: voltage, current, and resistance. You don’t have to have intimate knowledge of these in order to understand that they all influence the other as it comes to regulating your power. The breaker box works as a middle-man the entire route between your power plant and your lightbulbs.

Your box makes sure that there isn’t too much power going into the box for the outlets, and that the outlets and appliances aren’t asking for more power than can be safely distributed. If and when this happens, your breaker box “pops” or “blows” a circuit.

Popping a breaker switch is not cause for immediate concern. Sometimes running a hairdryer in the bathroom when other appliances are also being used can be the culprit. These isolated instances may not be cause for immediate concern – your breaker did all the work for you. Popping the breaker back on and resetting your outlets will usually bring your power back with no delays.

However, tripping the circuit and blowing a fuse are different. The fuse is a single, one-time-use wire behind the breaker that burns up if the current becomes too high. These are replaceable, but repeatedly blowing fuses or tripping your breakers is an indicator that you may need to address a bigger problem.

Older homes may not have the power you need or the proper distribution to handle your needs. Older homes were usually installed with a standard 50amp breaker box. However, the minimum standard is now 100, and many homes are more comfortable with a 150amp panel. If you spread out your appliances on different outlets and are still experiencing frequent circuit tripping, it’s time to call a licensed electrician to have a look.

Signs of Damage

A breaker panel’s importance in your building cannot be understated. This is why any signs of wear or damage need to be addressed immediately. Because there are such large amounts of power being controlled behind the fuse box, damage could be indicative of mis-routed electricity, component failure, degradation, or environmental factors.

If you identify any of the following evidence of breaker box damage, you may need to make a call to Raynor:

• Rust
• Water Damage
• Blown Fuses
• Evidence of Power Surges
• Loose fuses
• Burned fuses or terminals

If you can visibly detect any of the included signs of damage, call a licensed electrician immediately to evaluate your system.

Is it time to Upgrade?

Your safety is paramount to us at Raynor. Your electrical service panel may be unable to serve your needs, particularly if you have upgraded your appliances and devices in an older home without addressing your electrical system. Your home – particularly older homes – may be handling your current needs, just not as optimally as they should. A home’s circuit breaker should be installed to operate at 80% of the building’s demand as a safety feature. As you reach this threshold, you may be at risk for blowing fuses and popping circuits more often.
At Raynor, we will always evaluate your system for its optimal – and safe – function. Electricity is powerful and can be very dangerous with the risk of system failure, fire, or electrocution if not handled properly. Upgrading your electrical panel may be the best way to ensure your safety and consistent electricity.

Staying Safe

If you’re ever in question of what to do in an emergency, it is important that you and your family are aware of where your emergency electrical shut off is. This is usually a large lever on the side or surrounding your breaker box, and throwing it to the OFF position (usually down) will cut the power to all of the elements connected to that box.

Call Raynor today for an electrical system or breaker panel inspection!

6 Electrical Upgrades to Consider for the New Year

Electrical upgrades are necessary if you want to make sure 2017 will be your most comforting year to date. In the first few weeks of January, everyone is all about new beginnings. However, for this New Year, you shouldn’t just leave it at “New year, new me.” You can take one step further by saying, “New year, new electricity.” Even if you have all sorts of fun plans this year, some of that fun may not be possible without working electricity in your home. You may discover that several of your electrical features are outdated or looking incredibly worse for wear. If you don’t do something about it, you’re not only risking minor inconveniences like flickering lights. You may also be putting your family’s safety at risk. Faulty wiring and damaged outlets will only heighten your risk of experiencing an electrical fire or electrical shock. In fact, the National Fire Protection estimates that nearly 50,000 fires are caused each year due to faulty electricity. Of these fires, about 450 deaths are the result and up to 1500 injuries. Though many homeowners go from day to day hoping that their electrical system is safe, updating and testing your system is the only way to know. Before you face the perils of outdated electrical features this year, make a point to call for service so these next 12 months are instead filled with fun and high levels of efficiency.

How Can Raynor Electric Help You?

Raynor Electric is here to provide you with top-notch electrical service for 2017 and beyond. It’s our number-one priority to provide customers across the Medford, NJ area with high-quality electricity that doesn’t cost them too much on bills and keeps them safe. Our team of electricians can handle a wide range of electrical services to meet all sorts including work on circuit breaker panels, knob & tube wiring, outdoor safety lighting, and more. If you want new and improved electrical performance, we should be your first choice in equipping your home with modern electrical appliances that will work at a highly-efficient level for a longer period of time. But it’s not just about ensuring you have the best electricity in the neighborhood, of course. It’s about guaranteeing your safety, and the safety of your family. Our electricians stop at nothing to guarantee everyone’s security. Once you know nobody’s well-being will be at risk due to faulty electricity, you can expect to relax so much more throughout the year. A better peace of mind for 2017 starts with a call our way.

6 Electrical Upgrades for the New Year

There are a lot of electrical upgrades you can make for your home. So much, in fact, that it can be difficult to determine which ones will be right for you. If you’re a little unsure, we recommend you consider these 6 upgrades before anything else:

  1. Replace Faulty Wiring– Electrical rewiring is one of the most important electrical upgrades you can consider for your home, especially if wiring is appearing on the verge of creating a massive fire in your home. If your switches feel warm or you have issues like blowing fuses, tripping circuits, flickering and dimming lights or other issues, contact one of our electricians immediately to get modern, durable wiring equipped in your home immediately.
  2. Install More Outlets: Let’s say you’re stuck in a situation where you have plenty of appliances and not enough outlets. What do you do then? In that case, it’s time to install more outlets. Consult with one of our electricians to determine the areas of your home in need of more power sources. Not only will you see high-quality electrical performance, you will get the sockets you need so that you can get rid of potentially dangerous extension cords.
  3. Replace Smoke Detectors- Smoke detectors can be your first line of defense if your electrical system does go awry and you can truly protect your home with new smoke detectors provide by us here at Raynor Electric. Continuing with those outdated smoke detectors may prove highly dangerous in the event of a fire, especially when they can’t alert you of a problem in the middle of the night.
  4. Surge Protectors: Power surges have the potential to cause sparks that can then lead to fire, they can also overload circuits and cause damage to your overall system. A surge protector can help prevent these issues, protecting your appliances from damage in the process. You’ll be able to use essential appliances like computers even as a lightning storm outside threatens to knock the power out in your home for good.
  5. GFCUI Outlets: Installing GFCI outlets, or ground fault circuit interrupter outlets, can help ground out the socket should water become introduced. Installing this type of outlet in bathrooms, on kitchen counters, or in any other area where water might get into sockets can prove to be a life-saving decision and keep everyone away from the threat of electrical shock.
  6. Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances: We all want to save money on our electric bill, right? Well, the perfect way to do so is by installing energy efficient appliances to help save money on your monthly bill by using less electricity overall. These appliances include new dishwashers, dryers, and room air conditioners.

Contact Raynor Electric today if you want to learn more on how you can start 2017 the right way with these amazing electrical upgrades!

Holiday Electrical Troubleshooting

Electrical troubleshooting should be considered a top priority if you don’t feel like your electrical system is ready for the holidays. This time of year should be all about good spirits and even better food, but it will be a little hard to relax when you’re constantly deal with electrical problems. If you’re hosting guests over the house this year, it can be difficult entertaining them when lights are flickering and outlets won’t be able to power essential appliances. Many homeowners get caught up in all the seasonal cheer that they wind up forgetting their electrical needs, and the consequences may be costly. Allowing any lingering problems within your electrical system continue may see you have to pay more on electrical bills, which can put a strain on your finances when you’re already trying to shop for family and friends. The winter season is already a time of higher costs on electrical bills anyway due to the addition of holiday lighting and heavier reliance on indoor lighting. Lingering problems will only add to the cost and may see you lose a significant amount of money by the time the holidays are over. There is also a higher safety risk if your electrical system lacks maintenance. Due to faulty electricity, your home may be one of the 47,000 homes that experience a fire each winter according to the Red Cross. You shouldn’t have to spend the holiday season with risks like this, so it’s better to take action and ensure your holiday remains issue-free.

Why Should You Call Raynor Electric?

Fortunately, you can take comfort in knowing Raynor Electric is here to help every step of the way this holiday season. We don’t want see your holiday interrupted by electrical problems either, so we’ll stop at nothing to ensure they are repaired immediately. Making things even better is that our electrical repair is durable and long-lasting so you won’t have to worry about making another service call for a long time to come. No matter your electrical needs this season, you can count on our team of licensed electricians to provide high-quality service. With our electrical troubleshooting, you will experience greater cost-efficiency throughout the season, including keeping your system running in top condition. You will be able to gears your savings toward buying your family the gifts they always wanted and not dread so much when the next electrical bill arrives in the mail. Plus, we’ll provide you with greater insight into your electrical system so you’ll know how to conduct troubleshooting on your own. Above all else, a call to Raynor Electric this season is the best way to guarantee a more relaxing for you, your family, and any house guest.

How Can You Prepare for the Holidays?

Sure, maybe you’re not a licensed professional but even then, you shouldn’t let that stop you from taking action and improving your home’s electrical system. Please take note of these 5 electrical troubleshooting tips so you can ensure this holiday season remains peaceful:

  1. Inspect Holiday Lighting: your holiday lighting may entrain the onlookers, but you need to be careful. This risk of a fire due faulty holiday lighting is more common than you may think. Do not use any lighting that have frayed or any other type of damage to the power cord, as it can lead to a higher risk of a fire or electrocution. You should also consider upgrading to LED lights for safer, more efficient performance.
  2. Replace Two-Prong Outlets: Two-prong outlets are outdated and will be unable to meet your modern electrical demands. However, some homes are still equipped with them, maybe even yours. You should consult with an electrician in replacing them, ideally with three-prong electrical outlets instead. Three-prong outlets will work more efficiently and cover a much wider range of electrical troubleshooting needs.
  3. Adding Outlets: You should also consult with your electrician about adding outlets in the event you do not have enough to cover the scope of your appliances. The last thing you want to do is overload a power strip with appliances as it can easily lead to a fire. Adding more outlets will allow to use less power strips and extension cords.
  4. Consider Whole Home Surge Protection: A whole home surge protection will allow power to stay on even when a storm or other problem threatens to create a major surge. A power surge will damage outlets and appliances, making you spend money on replacement. However, proper protection will ensure you are able to use your appliances for the holidays and beyond.
  5. Call Raynor for Maintenance: It’s a wise move to call Raynor for a home inspection right before that big holiday party. Our team can inspect outlets, wiring, appliances, and more to ensure your home is safe and ready to go. If we do stumble upon any issues, we can ensure durable, high-quality repairs that will put a stop to problems before they worsen.

Keep Your Holidays Worry-Free This Year by Contacting Raynor Electric for Electrical Troubleshooting!

Contact Raynor Electric today if you want to ensure a happier holiday season by having one of our professionals provide high-quality electrical troubleshooting!

4 Warning Signs You Need to Replace Your Electrical Outlets

Electrical outlets are what keeps the power flowing to your most essential appliances. You may take them for granted, and you’re certainly not the only one, but what you may fail to realize is just how important they are to everyday life in your home. Just think of all the appliances reliant on an outlet. Televisions, microwaves, blenders, refrigerators, phone chargers—what would happen if you didn’t have an outlet for any of these things? Unfortunately, you may just face that reality if you fail to notice the signs telling you it’s time to replace outlets altogether. Allowing old, faulty outlets to sit in your home is one of the biggest safety hazards as it can easily lead to a house fire or electrocution. Outlets with exposed wiring may be incredibly sensitive to the touch, which is especially dangerous if you have any naturally curious young children in your home. With such a high safety risk, you may discover your property resale value decreasing, as no potential home buyer will want to look at a home with less than reliable outlets. You may also be unable to use appliances to their fullest extent, and the faulty outlets may put them at risk for damage as well. If you want to avoid all these problems this winter, you need to know when to take action in replacing them so you will be able to call your local electric company as soon as possible. 

Why Should You Call Raynor Electric for High-Quality Service?

Fortunately, when you need to replace the old with the new, Raynor Electric will be able to help you every step of the way. Our team of electricians will replace your outlets immediately with modern ones designed to provide high-quality performance for years. You will be able to enjoy your appliances to their fullest extent, especially if it means they continue to have power for a long time to come. Since new outlets will see less of a chance of bringing damage to your appliances, you will also save so much money on repair bills and appliance replacement, ensuring you will be able to gear your savings this holiday season towards gifts and other goods.  A call to Raynor Electric is a guaranteed way to make your life easier, especially when it keeps you away from hazards like fires and electrical shock. New outlets may not seem like the things keeping your life peaceful this season, but it may turn out to be the most important upgrade you make for your home.

When Should You Replace Electrical Outlets?

If you sense your outlets are beginning to give more headaches than electrical power, you may be able to determine when to replace them, even if you’re not a licensed electrician. Please take note of these 4 common warning signs:

  1. Significant Physical Damage: While it is normal for an older outlet to show signs of wear and tear, this may mean cords will not be able to get inside the receptacle. If the cords slip out easily or are hanging out of the outlet, there is a chance that excess, or even the proper voltage current, may not have the proper channel in which to flow properly. You may also notice problems like broken outlet covers, which may leave the mechanisms of the outlet exposed and incredibly dangerous to touch.  If your outlets are beginning to fall apart, it’s time to call a professional immediately for replacement.
  2. Electrical Outlets are Tamper Resistant: If you look around your home and find that the outlets are not tamper resistant, you need to be replace them immediately. Tamper resistant outlets have been required by the National Electric Code (NEC) to have in all homes since 2008. They are known for including a shutter that only allows a two pronged plug into the receptacle to properly create a circuit. This will prevent the possibility of any young children trying to insert an object into the outlet, as the shutter will successfully prevent them from doing so.
  3. Two-Prong Outlets: Over fifty years ago, the NEC made it required for all homes to have three-prong outlets for safer, more effective electrical flow. However, many homes today are still equipped with two-prong outlets, which are both outdated and unsafe. The major problem with two-prong outlets is that there is a short in the wire or excessive current due to a faulty appliance. You will risk a greater chance of an electrical fire that will put the well-being of your family in danger, and may even cause you to pay more money on electrical repair.
  4. Builder’s Grade Outlets: Builder’s grade outlets have a low installation cost but will generally feature a shorter lifespan of 5 to 10 years. Many contractors will install them in newly constructed homes when the homeowner does not specify a higher grade outlet. Due to their poor quality, you should replace them with commercial grade outlets, which will last you much longer.

Don’t Get Caught Without Power Where You Need It Most – Replace Faulty Electrical Outlets Today

Contact Raynor Electric today if you want to ensure better electrical performance and have us replace your electrical outlets!

5 Factors to Consider Before Whole Home Surge Protection Installation

Whole home surge protection is a must-have for your home. If you want a steady flow of power going to all of your electronics, you should definitely make a point to call your local electrician for installation. After all, power surges may be brief but they are also dangerous. It is essentially a major spike in your home’s electrical current that generally occurs when the flow of electricity in your home is interrupted, then starts again. The chances of a power surge will heighten during a lightning storm, where a single bolt can set ablaze to any surrounding infrastructures and fry your home’s wiring. This can also heighten the chance of an electrical fire, putting your family’s well-being in danger. Surges can bring considerable damage to some of the most essential appliances in your home, including computers and HVAC systems. Replacing some of these appliances won’t come cheap either. The cost of a new HVAC system alone will cost you thousands of dollars. Before you lose a significant amount of money, and put your family’s safety at high risk, you should instead be proactive and install whole home surge protection immediately if you have yet to do so. It can mean all the difference in how you and your family enjoy life in your home.

Why You Should Call Raynor Electric

Raynor Electric should be your first choice for emergency electrical service this season, especially if you are looking for longer-lasting, trustworthy surge protection. Our whole home surge protection helps homeowners protect electronics from power surge, which can effectively extend their lifespan by years. We can also ensure you will save thousands of dollars on replacing appliances. Whole-house surge protection helps reduce the expense of replacing big appliances, including high-definition televisions and computers. You should also feel free to ask our electricians any questions you may have on surge protection, and you’ll be guaranteed to get an answer leaving you satisfied. We can even make sure you have layered protection for the most essential appliances in your home. When it comes to ensuring home electrical safety, you can remain calm knowing there’s a team of electricians always available to provide service and go the extra mile.

What Should You Consider Before You Install?

Even if whole home surge protection is important, you still need to make sure you are buying the right one for your home. Please consider these 5 factors before you throw money at the nearest surge protection available:

  1. Customer Reviews and Product Recalls: You wouldn’t just install any whole home surge protection with the knowledge that it has poor customer reviews and several product recalls. It’s important to do your research into a customer reviews on any brand or model. The last thing you want is surge protection costing you more money than necessary or, worse, putting your family’s safety at risk.
  2. Layered Surge Protection: You will have the option of layering surge protection for any areas or appliances more sensitive to power surges than others. A good way to determine what appliances should have layered surge protection is to look at electronics that are not covered by your home owner’s insurance. This may include big appliances like home theater systems. You also consider what appliances might cost more than $200 to replace and ones that store important data.
  3. Protection for Wires and Outlets: Your appliances won’t be the only things in your home risking damage as a result of a power surge. Since power surges bring about a massive surge in electrical current, it can result in melted wiring or damaged outlets, effectively putting your home at risk of an electrical fire. Electrical rewiring can be expensive, and you need to consider what type of whole home surge protection will ensure you avoid the high spending altogether.
  4. Interior Power Surges: Around 60 to 80% of power surges will occur within the home, according to the NEMA Surge Protection Institute. This is true even when appliances are not running. An HVAC system that is turned off, for example, will have residual power in the line looking for an exit. That power can bring a great deal of damage once it hits appliances like computers or televisions.  You should consider what type of whole home surge protection will keep the rate of in-home power surges down and lower your spending on electrical repair, even when big appliances are shut off.
  5. Your Electrical Needs: If you live with a growing family with a wide range of electrical needs, chances are just one surge protector will not be enough. You need protection for all sorts of appliances like coffee pots, refrigerators, washers, dryers, and so much more. The more appliances you have in your home, the more protection you will need. If not, you may to spend more on replacement.

Protect Your Property And Schedule A Whole Home Surge Protection Installation Today

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7 Maintenance Tips for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection

Smoke and carbon monoxide detection can save your life. When faced with a fire or a gas leak, your detectors will alarm you of danger so you and your family can evacuate immediately. However, the unfortunate truth is that many homeowners will take their detection for granted, allowing for problems with detectors to persist until it is much too late. The consequences of not paying attention can be costly, and even fatal. The National Fire Protection reports that nearly 3,000 people in the United States die due to house fires and an additional 500 die each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. With numbers that high, you need to take the right steps in keeping your family from becoming more numbers to add to such a troubling statistic. You may find yourself in scary situations like having no detection in the middle of the night, allowing for fires or gas leaks to worsen while your family is sound asleep. Without reliable safety features in your home, you will also notice your home suffering from lower property value. No potential buyer will want to look at a home where they don’t feel 100% protected. Your life this fall and winter shouldn’t be constantly spent in fear of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. You should instead take action and ensure your safety needs are met right before the temperatures dip below freezing.

How Can Raynor Electric Help You?

If you want help from a dedicated local electrician, look no further than Raynor Electric. We are ready and willing to ensure 100% safety in your home during the colder months with excellent electrical services. Faulty electricity is responsible for 50,000 home fires each year. While many will interpret faulty electricity as a few frayed wires or damaged outlets, malfunctioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will prove just as bad, if not worse. That’s why we’ve got a team on hand who can provide high-quality repairs, replacement, quick maintenance checks, and a home safety inspection to ensure your home has detectors you can count on. We also teach you more about smoke detection so you’ll know when to replace it and when to change batteries. We’ll even show you what signs to notice when you suspect you have a carbon monoxide leak in your home. If it means guaranteeing your safety, Raynor Electric is more than up for the task.

How to Maintain Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection Devices

If you want to know how to keep your smoke and carbon monoxide detection devices working at their best, please keep these 7 tips in mind this season:

  1. Replace Old Detectors: Smoke detector replacement should happen every 10 years. Likewise, carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every 5 to 7 years. Replacing after a certain number of years will prevent any risky situations, like a detector malfunctioning during an emergency situation. For carbon monoxide detectors, this will also prevent a detector from malfunctioning when trying to alert you of a gas leak.
  2. Invest in Detection with “End of Life” Sensors: Modern smoke and carbon monoxide detectors come equipped with sensors letting you know when to replace the system. It gives notice early enough for you to take action before the detector loses power completely. This feature will let you know if replacement or repair will be necessary, proving a helpful reminder for you to stay on top of your safety needs.
  3. Read the Manufacturer’s Guide: The manufacturer’s guide will give you a clearer understanding of how detectors work and what warning signs are letting you know batteries require replacements. They may even let you know what troubleshooting you can do when the detector is malfunctioning.
  4. Do Not Use Generators Indoors: A generator should not be used indoors under any circumstance. When generators malfunction, they run a high risk of leaking smoke or harmful gasses. Without working detectors in your home, a fire or gas leak may spread quite easily. Keep your generator outdoors in a safe distance from the home instead.
  5. Use Lithium Batteries: Please use lithium ion batteries for detectors instead of traditional batteries. They are known for a longer lifespan and incredible efficiency, allowing to save you the time and money on battery replacement. You will also worry far less about your smoke and carbon monoxide detector malfunctioning out of nowhere.
  6. Cook with Caution: Though you may plan on cooking plenty of warm, hearty meals during the colder months, but you need to be safe. Cooking is the number-one cause for fires and one mistake may cost you an entire house, especially if you do not have working detectors available. For example, do not heat your home with the oven, as it may leak smoke or gas. Just use it for cooking something delicious instead. 
  7. Call Raynor Electric for Electrical Maintenance: Please call one of our local electricians to annually inspect all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. We will closely inspect your detection for any problems, stopping them from getting worse in the process. Once you get the good word from one of our electricians that all of the features are up to today’s standards, you will feel more secure about your electrical safety for the next year.

Avoid Putting Your Family In Harms Way And Schedule A Service To Ensure The Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detection Devices In Your Home Are Working

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5 Types of Outdoor Safety Lighting to Consider This Fall

Outdoor safety lighting can successfully prevent home break-ins this fall. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of homeowners out there who do not take advantage of it, leaving their home much worse for wear. And that is dangerous, as outdoor safety lighting is not something you can just pass up without thought. The FBI reports that a home in the United States is broken into every 18 seconds. For more exact math, that’s approximately 200 homes per hour and a startling 4,800 break-ins a day. Even with stats like that, some homeowners still refuse to call up their local electric company for lighting installation. Those stats, however, would indeed be lower if more homeowners considered outdoor safety lighting an essential part of their home’s security system. A home is so much more at risk if there are areas without adequate lighting, as it provides the perfect space for intruders to hide and try to break-in. This is especially true come nightfall, where a lack of lighting means an intruder will go undetected. If you want to avoid this scary possibility, you need to call a professional right away who can provide the lighting you need to relax in your home.

How Can Raynor Electric Help You This Fall?

Raynor Electric is available to provide high-quality electrical service this fall that will see your home’s exterior equipped with durable, long-lasting lighting. We want to see homeowners across the Medford, NJ area equipped with lighting looking out for their safety. That’s why our outdoor lighting installation is able to go the extra mile in ensuring your electrical needs are met. Though you may not experience a home break-in this season, having reliable lighting on the exterior of your home will be able to provide you with greater relaxation. In fact, with our help, you will be able to boost property resale value, improve home aesthetic, and most importantly, keep your family’s well-being in check. A life made easier this fall starts with a phone call to Raynor Electric.

5 Types of Outdoor Safety Lighting

When considering security lighting installation, you may be met with a wide range of options. So much, in fact, that you may not even know what to install. In that case, the team at Raynor is more than willing to help so you are getting outdoor safety lighting worth every dollar. Here 5 types of lighting you should definitely consider for your home’s exterior this season:

  1. Motion Sensor Lighting: Out of any type of outdoor safety lighting, motion sensor lighting should be atop your list to install. It is one of the most effective ways to keep intruders away. Motion sensors will flash on once they detect movement on your property, even startling an intruder with how sudden they can work. They work at their best if you mount them close to your home, requiring the intruder to come up close to your home and face a higher risk of being detected.
  2. Driveway Lighting: Imagine pulling into your driveway after a long day of work and not having any lights to greet you back. If you call Raynor Electric, you will instead be welcomed home with open arms thanks to decorative driveway lighting. Not only will this allow you to pull into your driveway safer, it will also provide a much clearer path in the event you need to leave your home suddenly.
  3. Flood Lighting: Raynor Electric is your leading electric company for installing two-head flood lighting. The great thing about flood lighting is that it makes your home immediately visible come nightfall. It can provide lights to features on your property like trees and shrubbery, places where intruders like to hide to avoid detection.
  4. Spotlights: While flood lighting will usually cast light on all areas of your property, spotlights instead aim a strong amount of lighting at a designated area. For example, if you would like your backyard lit up a bit more at night to prevent intruders from breaking in through the back of the house, you can use a spotlight in that particular area. If you have an area of the home where you feel may be at risk for a break-in, always consider installing spotlights as a valid option.
  5. Front Porch Lighting: The front of your home may seem like too difficult of a place to break in, but it is much more common than you think. Even if you are just looking to enter and exit your home safely, front porch lighting is the perfect option. With lights in the front, intruders will be less likely to break in. Also consider outdoor hanging lights for your front doorway in case intruders try entering through the front door.

Have Outdoor Safety Lighting Installed Today So You’re Not Caught In The Dark

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